the story behind the cover…

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this lovely pic was taken by the wonderful Amanda Horan

There is a story behind the gorgeous cover of Through the Barricades.

I have written about it today on a gorgeous website called Women Writers, Women’s Books, a great resource for writers.

Just click here to read the piece.

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Publication Day!

dd_tb_bk1_final-1Very happy to announce that my new novel, Through the Barricades, is out today, in time for Christmas.

It’s a story of love through war and revolution. It’s a story of family and what it means to be Irish. It’s a story of the pressure that can come with a fathers’s last request. And it’s a story of fighting for what you believe in, and risking all that you hold dear.

Here is the jacket copy:

‘Make a difference in the world,’ are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.

‘Don’t go getting distracted, now,’ is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.

A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Their families are going hungry. Daniel and Maggie do what they can. Soon, however, Maggie learns that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.

The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?

Through the Barricades is available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. Really hope you enjoy. Have a wonderful Christmas.

coming very soon…

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‘Make a difference in the world,’ are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.

‘Don’t go getting distracted, now,’ is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.

A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Their families are going hungry. Daniel and Maggie do all they can. Soon, however, Maggie realises that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.

The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?

Coming soon…

I have been quiet but I have been busy. My next novel is coming soon on amazon:

LOVE AND REVOLUTION

‘Make a difference in the world,’ are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her. They form a legacy that she carries in her heart, years later when, at the age of fifteen, she tries to better the lives of Dublin’s largely forgotten poor.

‘Don’t go getting distracted, now,’ is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.

A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Their families are going hungry. Daniel and Maggie do all they can. Soon, however, Maggie realises that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.

The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?

Short Story Prequel to The Butterfly Novels is finally here!

dfw-dd-twtgasm-cover-ebookWell, it’s taken me long enough but FINALLY I’ve published The Whale, The Goldfish and Señor Martin, the short story prequel to The Butterfly Novels.
Rachel Dunne is thirteen years old and already has a history. Starting school at Strandbrook College, she is hoping to start over. On the first day, she meets Sarah and Alex. Sarah looks like sunshine and bubbles and laughter. Which, when you’re Rachel, is scary. Alex is watchful, clever and a minor celebrity. Can Rachel risk reaching out? Or is she better staying an island? That way she can’t get hurt. Again.
Here is the link on amazon.co.uk. http://amzn.to/1JJYB8z
And here is the link on amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1N7Y9nk

If you’re new to downloading ebooks, then simply download the (free) Kindle app from iTunes onto your iPad, smartphone, or computer. Then download the short story from amazon. Simples.

Oh and please spread the news. I know people have been waiting for this. Sorry, sorry, sorry for the delay.

watch this space…

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I’ve been quiet. That doesn’t mean I’ve gone away!

I’m busy writing a screenplay of The Butterfly Novels.

I’m also working on a new Young Adult/Crossover novel that I’m loving.

So, watch this space. As they say.

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant crossed the Atlantic by plane, arriving in a package to an eight-year-old girl. She had never received anything by post before. She had never owned a vinyl record. And yet, for no particular reason, her aunt – who had never gifted her anything – had chosen to send this story to her.

The little girl stole away from her brothers and sister, away from the noise of life. She put the record on by herself. She gazed at the illustrations on the sleeve as the words, music and sounds carried her off to another land.

She pictured the frost painting the giant’s trees silver. She imagined the North Wind whirling around his castle and the hail dancing on his roof. She saw the snow covering the garden with her great, white, cloak. And the little flower who felt so sorry for the children banished from the garden that it slipped back into the ground again and returned to sleep. She loved the little boy that melted the giant’s heart. And grew to appreciate, as the giant had, the presence of children in the world and the power of nature and love. She felt better about being a child. She would try not to be selfish as the giant had been.

Every day, the little girl would listen to The Selfish Giant. She would follow the words on the sleeve with a finger, until she knew each one by heart. Years passed like turning pages. Magically, a day came when the girl was no longer little and she had children of her own. She shared The Selfish Giant with them, of course. But something had happened. The story had changed. Now, it pierced her heart and made her weep. For she saw something new in the story, something she had missed as a child.

Her children loved that the story made her cry. Every time. And so they asked her to read it to them, night after night. They gazed up at her face, waiting for the tears. And they came.

As the children grew, their mother began to imagine stories of her own. Those stories became books. And, though she did not intend them to, those books pierced people’s hearts and made them cry.

It was such an honour to be asked to write a foreword to a story that changed my life. I know that it will have the same effect on so many others. A story like The Selfish Giant by the great Oscar Wilde, is a very powerful thing. Read it here in English and Irish.